Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve power Astros to ALCS Game 1 win over Red Sox

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It took a few deep shots, and one massive celebration late, but the Houston Astros made it past the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Carlos Correa celebrates his home run in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday night in Houston. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Astros rallied back from an early 3-1 hole to beat the Red Sox 5-4 at Minute Maid Park to kick off the American League Championship Series and take a 1-0 series lead.

Winners win.

Final: #Astros 5, Red Sox 4 pic.twitter.com/i229YWTDkB

— Houston Astros (@astros) October 16, 2021

Correa, Altuve hit homers late to lift Astros

The Astros got out in front early in the first inning after Yordan Alvarez hit Jose Altuve in on a sacrifice fly to put them up 1-0. Houston was in what looked like a perfect position to blow the game wide open in the second inning, too, after loading up the bases on starting pitcher Chris Sale.

Then, up at bat to start the third, Boston centerfielder Hernandez hit a solo shot over the centerfield wall to tie things up.

Kiké Hernández CRUSHED this ball to tie it up 🔥💪

(via @MLBONFOX)pic.twitter.com/sS8g6dj2Uk

— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) October 16, 2021

Boston got two more that inning to take a 3-1 lead after Xander Bogaerts scored on an error and then Rafael Devers reached on a Hunter Renfroe double.

Though the Red Sox seemed in complete control, the Astros whipped out a pair of home runs — including one with a ruthless bat drop — to flip the game back in their favor.

First in the sixth, Altuve drilled a two-run homer to tie the game up — which marked his 20th career postseason home run.

JOSE ALTUVE TIES THE GAME ‼️

(via @MLBONFOX)pic.twitter.com/17jCEGA8cC

— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 16, 2021

Then, an inning later, Carlos Correa hit an absolute bomb to left field. He knew it was gone instantly, too, and threw his bat and pointed to his wrist celebrating before making it around the bases.

CARLOS CORREA KNEW THIS BALL WAS GONE 💪

THE ASTROS TAKE THE LEAD ‼️

(via @MLBONFOX)pic.twitter.com/FTt1F4kkeE

— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 16, 2021

“That was a good one, man,” Correa said on Fox. “Looking for a fastball, I knew he was going to try to pound me with a fastball up, and then he left the change up right there and I just happened to catch it up front.”

By then, the Red Sox were done. It was those two pitches, Boston manager Alex Cora said, that changed the course of the game.

“They took advantage of two pitches,” Cora said, via NESN’s George Balekji. “Altuve on the slider, Correa on the change up.”

The Astros picked up one more in the eighth for good measure behind an Altuve sacrifice fly to give them a two-run lead. Though Hernandez hit another home run to kick off the ninth inning — which marked his fourth hit in five at bats on the night — the Astros ended the night with three quick outs to seal the one-run win.

“Experience matters,” Correa said on Fox. “We know how to win. We know what it takes. We know how to prepare for these moments, not only physically but also mentally. We want to be in the spot, we want to be in the moment, and we live for this.”

As for the duo of Altuve and Correa — who combined for four RBIs on Friday night — Astros manager Dusty Baker had a comparison he knows Boston sports fans are sure to love.

“It’s like Tom Brady and Gronkowski,” Baker said, via the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

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